Author Interview #42, with Nipaporn Baldwin, who writes about space dragons (AKA original and unique fantasy + science fiction)!
* * * * *
Hi Nipaporn! Please describe yourself in 5 words:
Dragon, Gamer, Italophile, Simplistic and Artist
Please share a short excerpt and blurb of your work (10-100 words):
(Nipaporn: Since I have so many stories, I can share a blurb made specifically for all the books in the series)
Blurb: Earth has seen many visitors, from space dragons colonizing the planet in Pre Cambrian times to intelligent insectoids. Follow the adventures of a wide cast of characters as they encounter the dragons of the Draconizica empire, and Ashuton Karrucci, the god of dragons going about his daily life in Italy. From a story about a small town ravaged by an airborn dragon virus, to a story about a cruel dragon king on a terraformed Mars, to the story of a girl pregnant with a Dragon god, these stories are not bound by the norms of Fantasy and Science Fiction genres.
“When the world stops spinning and the people I’ll die I will think of her and wish I had pie.”
Wish I had pie.
This was the thought that lingered in Anjou Merkrai-Kidogo’s head. His French cheetah was thinking of her home on the Sarenghetti, and his dragonling was thinking about the strange beams of light coming down from the sky. The burning car’s speed was dawning into the hundreds, but the dragon in the sky were still chasing after them. With the Dragon were several small Winter Wyverns, all of them focusing their ice breath on the speeding car.
Share an excerpt of your favorite author’s work (10-100 words):
* An excerpt from Ravens by George Dawes Green:
When they got back to the Tercel, Shaw said he was wide awake and could he drive? That was fine with Romeo. He got in on the passenger side, and they descended into the North Carolina piedmont. His ears popped; the air grew humid. He tilted his seat all the way back and looked up at the moon as it shredded in the pines. Somewhere after Elkin, NC, he let his eyes slip shut for just a second — and then the highway started to curve beneath him, and he felt himself spiraling slowly downward, into a bottomless slumber.
* An excerpt from The Devil’s Queen by Jeanne Kalogridis:
At first glance he was an unremarkable man, short and stout with greying hair and the drab clothes of a commoner. I could not see his face from my vantage two floors above, but I watched him recoil as he emerged from the carriage and his foot first met the cobblestone; he signaled for his cane and reached for the coachman’s arm. Even with these aids, he moved gingerly, haltingly through the sultry morning, and I thought, aghast, He is a sick, aging man – nothing more.
Comment on the writing versus publication process, in your experience:
In my experience, the writing and publication is always fun. It’s the marketing that I have a problem with. Because I have so many stories, it’s hard to market them, and being an unknown author it’s increasingly hard. I try hard not to give up, and almost did several times.
Yes, “give in, give up, or give it all you’ve got” ;)! What is your definition of “good writing”?
If it does not bore the hell out of me, it’s a good story. Most novels bore me, that is why I stick to short stories.
Please share your #1 tip for writers:
Get to know your readers and what they like and don’t like in a story and strive to be completely different. Do not be bound by clichés! If you have to write a vampire story, try writing about an android vampire fighting Ninjas after the Apocalypse. Spice it up, don’t be gray!
Yes, I personally favor originality over something that’s rehashed and/or forgettable. Please let us know your websites/blogs/etc:
Short Story blog (where stories are posted): http://dragonshortstories.wordpress.com/
Smashwords (where you can read current stories from TSODR): http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/thedragongod
The 700-page omnibus edition: http://www.amazon.com/Dragons-Cicadas-Society-Omnibus-ebook/dp/B006ZDQH0I/
And here are my social media links:
* * * * *
Much thanks to Nipaporn for stopping by! Her short story blog has more info about her unique stories written in a non-conventional Fantasy and Science Fiction setting. While you’re there, check out her Facebook conversation story, titled “Kitty Kat Wants to Sell Moar Drugs.”